5 Big Mistakes New Employees Should Avoid

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Criticizing Your Former Employer

While this may seem like a no-brainer, things you might think are harmless gossip can reflect negatively on you. You may be asked about your past work by new coworkers, but it's important to remember that what you say is not only a reflection on your past boss but also on you. Complaining about your previous employer can flag you as unprofessional and disloyal. Keep the conversation professional and focus the discussion on the length of time you spent at your previous job, what your responsibilities were and what skills you learned that can help your new company. While office politics and gossip are a part of any workplace, keeping it professional makes a good first impression.

Once upon a time, it was fairly common for employees to start working for a company directly after high school or college and remain with that employer for the rest of their career. That type of career longevity is virtually unheard of these days. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the typical millennial holds six different jobs just between the ages of 18 and 26.

The more jobs you have, the more first days at a new workplace you'll have to navigate. Starting a new job is a chance to start fresh with a brand-new group of colleagues. It's an opportunity to build on the skills you learned at your last job and develop additional areas of expertise.

But before you become a full-fledged member of the team, you'll have to establish relationships and build trust, and the way you handle your introduction to the company can either leave a great first impression — or build barriers you'll struggle to overcome later. In this slideshow, Dominique Jones, vice president of human resources at Halogen Software, a leader in talent management, has identified five mistakes to avoid so you can start off on the right foot at your new job.

Dominique is Halogen Software's vice president of human resources and has over 15 years experience in the talent management industry both in Europe and North America.Using her extensive industry experience across the retail, manufacturing, financial services, consulting and professional services sectors, Dominique is focused on providing practical insights that help HR positively impact business performance. Prior to joining Halogen Software, Dominique was most recently a regional vice president with a global talent management consulting firm. Dominique holds an M.A. Honours degree from St. Andrews University in Scotland, as well as the Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD) certification from the United Kingdom. Dominique spends her free time with family on their farm, tending her horses and rescued donkeys.

 

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